Miscellaneous Wadena County, Minnesota Obituaries - 1999

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Russel T. Jenkins
Russel T. Jenkins, 86, Deer River, died at his home on Saturday, July 3.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, from the Rowe Funeral Chapel in Grand Rapids, with Earl Roberts officiating.
Interment was at the Harris Cemetery in Harris Township, with the Rowe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Russel T. Jenkins was born and raised at Wadena and married Kora E. Pierson at Park Rapids in 1934.
Mr. Jenkins lived and farmed in several Minnesota communities–including Wadena, Dorset and Park Rapids–before moving to Hibbing in 1961, where he worked for Republic Steel for 13 years.
He then moved to Goodland, where he raised cattle and sheep and sold farm machinery. He also had lived and farmed at Hill City for 12 years and at Grand Rapids for 14 years.
He had lived at Deer River since May of this year.
Surviving are his wife–Kora; a daughter–Rose Baker, Detroit Lakes, and four sons–Dean (Julie) Jenkins, St. Cloud; Morris (Alice) Jenkins, Hill City; Larry (Karen) Jenkins, Grand Rapids, and Richard (Barbara) Jenkins, Chisholm. There are 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Janet Vogel Pearson
Dec. 12, 1928–April 28, 1999
Janet Vogel Pearson, 70, died Wednesday, April 28, at her home in Tucson, Ariz.
For several years, she was a summer resident of the Detroit Lakes area.
There was a memorial service on Saturday, May 1, in Tucson.
Janet Vogel, daughter of Charles J. and Fern Nesbitt Vogel, was born in Fargo on Dec. 12, 1928.
She grew up in Fargo and earned a degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., and received a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland.
She began a career in social work in Baltimore and moved to Tucson in 1976, where she spent 26 years serving children and families.
Surviving are a brother–Jon Vogel, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a daughter–Sara Pearson, San Rafael, Calif., and two sons–Mart Pearson, Asti, Italy, and Lindley Pearson, San Diego, Calif. There are seven grandchildren, along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Thomas William Keenan Jr.
Oct. 24, 1907–April 24, 1999
Thomas William Keenan Jr., 91, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died at Weslaco, Tex., on Saturday, April 24.
There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19, from the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with Robert Melick officiating.
Thomas William Keenan Jr. was born Oct. 24, 1907, in Shenandoah, Ia., and married Hertha Hauptmann on Dec. 28, 1940.
After spending much of his life in Detroit Lakes, he moved to Texas upon retiring in the late 1970's.
While in Detroit Lakes, he served as manager of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Detroit Lakes Resort Association. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge and served on the governing board of Itasca State Park.
Mr. Keenan served as president of the Siesta Village Retirement Association in Texas and belonged to the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes and in Weslaco.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter–Carol (John) Johnston, Anoka; a son–Thomas W. (Marietta) Keenan III, Moorhead, and a brother–Culver Keenan, Moline, Ill. There are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Myron "Pete" Sammons
May 20, 1928–June 25, 1999
Myron "Pete" Sammons, 71, a former area resident, died at Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, June 25.
The funeral was at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, from the Scottsdale Bible Church.
Myron Sammons was born at Aberdeen, S. D., on May 20, 1928, and grew up and attended school in Lake Park.
He worked for a time at the Detroit Lakes Municipal Liquor Store before moving to Montana and also served with the U. S. Navy.
Mr. Sammons and Dorothy Mae Hanson were married on June 29, 1951, in Detroit Lakes.
They established the Sammons Trucking Co. in Missoula, Mont., retired from the trucking business in the 1970's and moved to Arizona, where Mr. Sammons was in real estate development throughout the state.
Mr. Sammons was a member of the Scottsdale Bible Church.
Surviving are his wife–Dorothy, Scottsdale; a daughter–Debra (Scott) Cutting, Seattle, Wash.; a brother–Floyd (Ruby) Sammons, Rapid City, S. D., and two sisters–Dorothy Thunstrom and Evelyn Erickson, both Detroit Lakes. There are two grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers (Ernie, Ralph, Melvin and Kenneth) and a son (Richie).

Olivia E. "Ole" Chapman
May 2, 1912–July 3, 1999
Olivia E. "Ole" Chapman, 87, the widow of Malcolm Chapman, died at St. Mary's Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, July 3.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. William Caspers officiating.
Interment will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Jerome Meyer, Dennis Meyer, Steve Caspers and Ron Caspers.
Olivia Elizabeth Caspers, daughter of Lawrence and Margaret Trevik Caspers, was born at Ogema on May 2, 1912.
She was raised and attended school at Ogema and married Malcolm "Peaches" Chapman in Detroit Lakes on Nov. 23, 1939.
They lived in Detroit Lakes, where Mrs. Chapman worked at Swift & Co., with the lunch program at Holy Rosary School and also did meat cooking demonstrations at area grocery stores.
Surviving are three sons–Kenneth, Curt and Mark, all Detroit Lakes; a daughter–Carol (Jon) Peterson, McMurray, Pa.; two brothers–Val (Mitzie), Ogema, and Fr. William, Thermopolis, Wyo., and a sister–Alvina Meyer, Detroit Lakes. There are two grand-daughters.
Preceding Mrs. Chapman in death were her husband (who died in 1986) and two brothers (Gilbert and Amer).
Visitation: Wednesday, June 7, 4-8 p.m., David-Donehower Chapel in Detroit Lakes. There will be a Christian Mothers rosary at 6:40 and parish prayers at 7. Visitation also will be one hour prior to funeral Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Karen A. Vezner
May 3, 1938–July 4, 1999
Karen A. Vezner, 61, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died at Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, Wis., on Sunday, July 4.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, from Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church and one at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 15, from First Lutheran Church in Mahnomen.
Interment will be at Hillside Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, with the Buswell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Karen A. Wesala, daughter of John S. and Lillie Marie Oja Wesala, was born in Minneapolis on May 3, 1938, was raised there, graduated from Washburn High School (Class of 1956) and from Concordia Junior College in St. Paul.
On Dec. 30, 1960, she and William F. Vezner were married in Minneapolis.
They lived in Mound, Crystal, Lewiston, Mont., Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen before moving to Black River Falls in 1988. They lived in Detroit Lakes for nine years and at Mahnomen for 13 years.
Mrs. Vezner was employed in the food service department at the MVC Hospital in Mahnomen for six years and in the food service department at Black River Memorial Hospital for five years.
A member of the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Churcn and the Evangelical Lutheran Church Women, she once served as president of the Mahnomen Hospital Auxiliary and also was a former member of the Black River Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband–William; a daughter–Rebecca (James) Kersting, Plain, Wis.; three sons–William (Leslie) Vezner Jr., Lewisville, Tex.; John (Jeanne) Vezner, Omaha, Nebr., and Paul (Diane) Vezner, Black River Falls, Wis.; her mother–Lillie Marie Wesala, Rochester, and three brothers–Edwin (Madeleine) Wesala, Portland, Ore.; Wayne (Pam) Wesala, Scottsdale, Ariz., and John Wesala, Rochester. There are nine grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Vezner in death was her father, who died Aug. 17, 1975.

Maynard L. Swan
Nov. 1, 1925–July 4, 1999
Maynard L. Swan, 73, died Sunday, July 4, at the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, from St. Theodore's Catholic Church in Ponsford, with Fr. Ron Meyer officiating.
Interment will be at the church Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Maynard Swan, son of John and Sophie St. Clair Swan, was born at Ponsford on Nov. 1, 1925, grew up and attended school there and served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
He returned to the Ponsford area after his discharge from the military and worked as a logger. Mr. Swan served on the Pine Point School Board.
Surviving are a son–Michael, Ponsford; three daughters–Vicki Swan and Beverly Swan, both Cass Lake, and Doreen Kay Seelye, Bena, and two sisters–Bernice Jacobson, Dilworth and Evenelle Swan, Kentucky. There are 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Swan in death were his parents, four brothers and a sister.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 7, from 6 p.m. until time of service on Thursday at the Pine Point School.

Craig Owen Pearson Jr.
March 1, 1994–July 4, 1999
Craig Owen Pearson Jr., 5-year-old son of Craig Person Sr. and Carol Gesheck of White Earth, died Sunday, July 4, as a result of injuries received in a bicycle-pickup accident at White Earth.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, from St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth.
Interment will be at the church Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Stacie Weaver, Clyde Weaver, Jerry Libby and Mike Flowers.
The honorary pallbearers will include Paul Person, Floyd Person, Richard Person and Wade Borah.
Craig Owen Person Jr. was born at Detroit Lakes on March 1, 1994, and lived his entire life in White Earth.
Surviving are his parents–Craig Person and Carol Gesheck, both White Earth; a brother–Joseph Gesheck, White Earth; two sisters–Christina Person and Crissandra Person, both White Earth; his grandmothers–Vivian Person, White Earth, and Bernice Brown, Detroit Lakes, and his great-grandparents–Victoria Durant, Twin Valley, and William Brown, White Earth.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 7, 2 p.m. until 12 noon Thursday, July 8, at Rose Weaver residence in White Earth, and one hour prior to funeral on Thursday at the church.

Warren L. Matson
Dec. 5, 1950–July 4, 1999
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, from First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes for Warren L. "Bucky" Matson.
Mr. Matson, 48, a custodian for the Detroit Lakes Public Schools, died at his home in Frazee on Sunday, July 4.
The Rev. Jim Hinson will officiate at the funeral, Priscilla Hinson will be the organist and the solists will be Adele Hinson and Kim Schnitzer.
Interment will be at the Chilton Cemetery at rural Frazee, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Greg Tessier, Danny Busche, Roger Jenson, Josh Thorsvig, Rodney Winters and Brian Kulzer.
Warren L. Matson, son of Pete and Helen Wood Matson, was born at Detroit Lakes on Dec. 5, 1950.
He grew up and attended school at Frazee, graduated from Frazee High School (Class of 1968) and served from 1969-72 in the U. S. Navy.
Warren Matson and Juliana Schultz were married at Perham on Nov. 22, 1975.
He was employed on a farm near Casselton, N. D., for a few years and then began work with the Detroit Lakes School District as a custodian in 1975. He continued to work for the Detroit Lakes Public Schools for 23 years and was a custodian at the Rossman Elementary School in his latest employment.
Mr. Matson enjoyed hunting, fishing and hobby farming. A member of First Baptist Church, he served the church as a trustee.
Surviving are his wife–Juliana; two daughters–Marcie Matson and Moria Matson, both Frazee; his parents–Pete and Helen Wood Matson, Frazee; two brothers–John (Irene) Matson and Dale (Grace) Matson, both Frazee, and five sisters–Laura (Jerry) Smith, Vida, Ore.; Fern (Jerry) Schurdevin, Frazee; Kristi (Kelly) Ruud, Twin Valley; Lilly (Jeff) Romberg, Sumner, Wash., and Bonnie (Mike) Pearson, Hawley. There are many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 7, 4-8 p.m., West-Kjos Funeral Chapel in Detroit Lakes and one hour prior to funeral at First Baptist Church on Thursday.

Eleanor M. Johnson
Aug. 6, 1924–July 5, 1999
Eleanor M. Johnson, 75, died Monday, July 5, at her home at Lake Park.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, from the Lake Park Lutheran Church.
Rev. Philip Johnson will officiate at the funeral, Curtis Erickson will offer the eulogy, Audrey Savig will be the organist and the vocalists will be Paul Sporleder and Frank Andreen.
Interment will be at the Lake Park Lutheran Cemetery, with the Vigen-Wright Funeral Home of Lake Park in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Curtis Erickson, Marvin Erickson, Dan Johnson, Greg Johnson, Russell Johnson and Brian Olson.
Born at Dale on Aug. 6, 1924, she grew up and attended schools near Dale and at Audubon and married Ernest Johnson at Hawley on April 13, 1946. They made their home at Lake Park.
Surviving are two sons–David (Renea) Johnson, Alborn, and Bruce Johnson, Moorhead, and a daughter–Linda (Marlin) Forsberg, Lake Park. There are 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband (who died Sept. 6, 1987) and a grandchild.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 7, 4-7 p.m., at Vigen-Wright Funeral Home in Lake Park and one hour prior to service on Thursday at Lake Park Lutheran Church. There will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Norma Rausch
May 5, 1912–July 6, 1999
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes for Norma Rausch.
Mrs. Rausch, 87, died Tuesday, July 6, at St. Mary's Nursing Center, where she had been a resident since October, 1996.
Fr. Bob Schreiner and Deacon Randy Bauer will officiate at the service, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Norma Broschat, daughter of Carl and Minnie Krebs Broschat, was born at Cathay, N. D., on May 5, 1912.
She grew up and attended school in Cathay and moved to Detroit Lakes in 1940, where she worked at the Lampert Drug Store.
Mrs. Rausch, who was divorced, moved to Moorhead in the 1960's and was employed at Foss Drug and at the Fargo Country Club.
Surviving is a brother–George Broschat, California. There are several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mrs. Rausch in death were her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Paul G. Peterson
May 31, 1925–July 5, 1999
Paul G. Peterson, 74, a native of Lake Park, died at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo on Monday, July 5.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 9, from the Horace Lutheran Church in Horace, N. D.
Interment will be at the church Cemetery, with the West Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Paul G. Peterson was born at Lake Park on May 31, 1925, was raised and attended rural school at Audubon and served two years in the U. S. Army.
Following his discharge from the armed forces, he moved to the Fargo area and was a painter and decorator until last October.
Mr. Peterson married Janice Ames in Fargo on Sept. 12, 1959, and she died in 1993. He married Jean Fosse at Horace on April 30, 1994.
A member of the Horace Lions, he also belonged to the Fargo American Legion, the Horace Seniors and enjoyed traveling and gardening.
Surviving are his wife–Jean, Horace; four step-children–Mickeal Fosse, Horace; Calvin (Lori) Fosse, Kindred, N. D.; Pauline (Mark) Helgeland, Byron, and Kay (Mike) Misslin, Mandan, N. D., and two sisters–Alice (Roy) Steichen and Angeline Steichen, both Ulen. There are seven step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Thursday, July 8, 5-8 p.m. at West Funeral Home in West Fargo, with a prayer service at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral on Friday at Horace Lutheran Church.

Colman Hanson
Oct. 16, 1912–June 29, 1999
Services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 2, from Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes for Colman W. Hanson.
Mr. Hanson, 86, a resident of the Detroit Lakes area since 1967, died at St. Mary's Regional Health Center on Tuesday, June 29.
The Rev. Ken Vollmers officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at the Richville Village Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Todd Blom, Tor Bergstrom, Jack Tillisch, Nathan Satrom, Matthew Satrom and Arnold Lydell.
Colman W. Hanson, son of Hans and Clara Halvorson Hanson, was born Oct. 16, 1912, at Jackson and moved to Richville with his family as a young boy, where he grew up and attended school.
He moved to Blabon, N. D., in 1936, where he was employed as a farmhand and later operated a dray and trucking business in Blabon.
On Sept. 22, 1940, Mr. Hanson and Luella Peterson were married at Mayville, N. D.
They lived in Blabon and farmed there for a short while and then he became an operator and manager of a bulk gas and oil plant at Blabon.
The Hansons moved to Hope, N. D., in 1958, where he operated a bulk gas and oil plant for nine years and also drove bus for the Blabon and Hope school districts.
In 1967 the Hansons moved to Detroit Lakes and owned and operated Colman's Cabins at Shoreham. He also worked for Mark Sand & Gravel in Fergus Falls.
Mr. Hanson, who enjoyed hunting and fishing, lived at Lake Sally in retirement.
Surviving are his wife–Luella; two sons–Dr. C. T. (Karen) Hanson, Fargo, and Cordell (Mary Beth) Hanson, Bismarck, N. D.; two daughters–Carol (Glenn) Berg, Brandon, and Dorothy (Reed) Satrom, Detroit Lakes; a brother–Melvin (Alvira), Richville, and a sister–Lillie Lydell, Detroit Lakes. There are 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mr. Hanson in death were his parents, a daughter (Faye Dronen), a grand-daughter, three sisters and a brother.

Mary Lou Christensen
There was a memorial service from The Circles of Faith UCC in Waubun at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, for Mary Lou Christensen, the wife of Marvin Christensen.
She died Wednesday, June 30, of cancer.
There will be another memorial service within two weeks at Faith UCC in Muscatine, Ia.
The daughter of Eva and Carl Miller, she was born at Burlington, Ia., graduated from Burlington High School and from The State University of Iowa.
Mary Lou Miller and Marvin Christensen were married in Iowa City on Dec. 17, 1949.
Mrs. Christensen was editor of Bank Advertising Trends, a national publication published by National Research; administrative secretary of the Child Development Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals; pension trust administrator for Bankers Life of Des Moines, Ia., and a trust officer for the Merchants National Bank in Cedar Rapids, Ia.
Following retirement, she served on the board of directors of the Farmers State Bank of Waubun and the Farmers State Bank of Callaway, which are owned by her husband.
Mrs. Christensen was a member of the A. A. U. W. and of Circles of Faith United Church of Christ.
She and her husband–in 1995–donated the building and grounds for the new Circles of Faith UCC, which united three small community churches into one congregation for the first time in the United States. The dedication ceremony was covered nationally by CNN and television stations in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Surviving are her husband–Marvin, Waubun, and two children–Stephen, Alexandria, Va., and Barbara (John) Longtin, Muscatine, Ia. There are two grandchildren.
Memorials: Preferred to American Cancer Society or Circles of Faith United Church of Christ in Waubun.

Morgan Solberg
Dec. 31, 1908–June 30, 1999
Morgan A. Solberg, 90, died Wednesday, June 30, at the Frazee Care Center.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, from Faith Free Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.
The Rev. Paul Larson and the Rev. Lori Beck will officiate at the funeral, Clint Felker and Al Halvorson will be the vocalists and the organist will be Lorraine Halvorson.
Interment will be at the Cormorant Lutheran Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Morgan A. Solberg, son of Martin and Emma Matson Solberg, was born in Cormorant Township of Becker County on Dec. 31, 1908.
He was raised and attended school in Cormorant Township and married Irene Peterson near Audubon on June 18, 1939. They operated Solberg's Store near Middle Cormorant Lake until 1941.
The Solbergs moved to Detroit, Mich., where he was employed by the Cincinnati Time Recorder Co. and then moved to Detroit Lakes in 1943, where he worked in the grocery department of the L. J. Norby Co.
They moved to Dilworth in 1946 where Mr. Solberg was employed by Ridley's Office Supply and later by Northern Supply and then moved to Cormorant Lake in 1963 and to Lake Melissa in 1979.
Surviving are his wife–Irene, Detroit Lakes and a son–Lydell (Ingred) Clevenger, Republic, Wash. There is one grandson.

Agnes H. Lange
March 7, 1913–July 6, 1999
Agnes H. Lange, 86, Frazee, died at her home on Tuesday, July 6.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, from First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peterson officiating.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Larry Orman, Jim Hendrickson, Harlen Hendrickson, Irvin Lange, Donald Bennett and Norman Schultz.
Agnes Hendrickson, daughter of Jens and Anna Ingvaldson Hendrickson, was born in Burlington Township of Becker County (near Frazee) on March 7, 1913. She was raised and attended school in that area.
She married Emil Lange and they farmed in Burlington Township. Mrs. Lange enjoyed gardening and her pets.
Surviving asre a son–Vernon (Sona), Indianapolis, Ind., and a daughter–Patricia (Les) Kertscher, Frazee. There are four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband and a grandson.

Karen A. Vezner.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, from First Lutheran Church in Mahnomen for Karen A. Vezner.
Mrs. Vezner, 61, a former resident of Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen, died Sunday, July 4, at Black River Falls, Wis.

Margaret E. Isaacs
Aug. 10, 1905–July 6, 1999
Margaret E. Isaacs, 93, the former Margaret Rohr and a native of the Detroit Lakes area, died in Orange County, Calif., on Tuesday, July 6.
The funeral was at St. Edward Catholic Church at Dana Park, Calif.
Margaret Elizabeth Rohr, daughter of Nicholas and Mabel Hancock Rohr, was born in Becker County on Aug. 10, 1905, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1923) and then taught in rural schools in the Becker County area.
She moved to eastern Montana where she taught in rural schools in Powder River County and was married to Gaius Isaacs on Oct. 11, 1930.
They lived on a cattle ranch until 1953 and, during the period of 1930-53, she continued teaching in rural schools.
After selling the cattle ranch in 1953, Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs moved to Miles City, Mont., where they lived until 1956. While there, she was active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also continued teaching.
They spent a year in western Montana and then moved to Orange County, Calif, where Mrs. Isaacs remained involved in teaching, especially doing home teaching, which was her favorite.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs retired in 1968 and spent the summers in Minnesota for several years before settling in Mesa, Ariz.
Surviving are two daughters–Dolores Compton, Tucson, Ariz., and Joanne Wagers, Westminster, Calif.; a son–Donald Isaacs, San Clemente, Calif.; three sisters–Eleanor Stonelake and Winifred "Peggy" Jenson, both Detroit Lakes, and Gertrude Zurn, Callaway; a brother–Norbert Rohr, Bluffton., and a sister-in-law–Bea Rohr, Wadena. There are 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Prededing her in death were her husband (who died in 1993), a son (Lawrence), a brother and two sisters.

Ulric G. "Rick" Savoie
Nov. 14, 1925–July 21, 1999
Ulric G. "Rick" Savoie, 73, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, July 23, in Kerrville, Tex.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 26, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Fr. Jerry Rogers officiating.
Music was by Chris and Scott Mehlhaff.
Interment was at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ulric Savoie, son of Edward and Marie Marcotte Savoie, was born at Langdon, N. D., on Nov. 14, 1925, served with the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II and married JoAnn Gould at Hastings on July 23, 1955.
They moved to Detroit Lakes and operated Savoie Laundry & Dry Cleaning from 1969-94. They moved to Kerrville, Tex., in 1996.
Surviving are his wife–JoAnn, Kerrville; seven daughters–Anna Marie (Kim) Menard, Karen (Phil) Seabloom, Nancy (Rick) Krump and Donna Savoie, all Detroit Lakes; Kathryn (Terry) Fasteen, Lincoln, N. D.; Linda Savoie, Santa Monica, Calif., and Angela (Marc) McDougall, Redwood Falls; a son–Daniel Savoie, Mankato; four sisters–Angela Savoie, Hemet, Calif.; Mary Schoen, Tucson, Ariz.; Bernadette Gundy, Fairfield Glade, Tenn., and Muriel Heisler, Camarillo, Calif., and four brothers–Paul Savoie, Bangor, Me.; Ed Savoie, Hastings; Phil Savoie, Brainerd, and Jerry Savoie, Bullhead City, Ariz. There are 13 grandchildren.
Memorials: Preferred to Hospice.

Donald James DePree
March 5, 1948–July 23, 1999
Donald "Dusty" James DePree, 51, died Friday, July 23, from cancer.
There will be a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at the family's lake home at 262 Shorewood Drive in Detroit Lakes.
Donald DePree, son of Donald and Florence DePree, was born at LeMars, Ia., on March 5, 1948, and moved to Detroit Lakes at an early age.
He and Becky Johnk were married in September, 1968.
Self-employed as an independent contractor to American Business Forms for more than 19 years, Mr. DePree was recogized as Sales Professional of the Year in 1996 by the trade magazine Business Forms Labels & Systems.
He belonged to The American Legion, Elks and Eagles and enjoyed golf, hunting, snowmobiling and fishing.
Surviving are his wife–Becky; a son–Mike (Kristen), Moorhead; a daughter–Kimberly, Moorhead, and a sister–Meredith, Moorhead.

Raymond J. "Ray" Brekken
June 8, 1910–July 24, 1999
Raymond J. "Ray" Brekken, who owned and operated Brekken's Store for Men in Detroit Lakes from 1948-75, died at St. Mary's Nursing Center on Saturday, July 24. He was 89.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. Jerry Rogers officiating.
Scott Mehlhaff was the organist and vocal music was by the Resurrection Choir.
Interment was at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearerers were John Brekken, Christopher Brekken, Abby Brekken, Jill Blauert, Lisa Bell, Haley Brekken and Lori Schwartz.
Raymond J. Brekken, son of Manley and Mary Mallvaney Brekken, was born at Crookston on June 8, 1910.
He graduated from Crookston Cathedral High School and then joined the J. C. Penney Co. firm.
On June 21, 1939, he and Helen Fennern were married in Grafton, N. D., and then moved to the west coast, where he worked in the shipyards in Portland, Ore., during World War II.
The Brekkens returned to Crookston in 1946 and he and two of his brothers opened Brekken's Clothing. He opened Brekken's Store for Men in Detroit Lakes in 1948 and owned and operated the business until retiring in 1975.
For the first 12 years he was retired, the Brekkens spent the winter months in Texas.
A charter member of Holy Rosary Council No. 3166, Knights of Columbus, Mr. Brekken served as grand knight of the organization in 1957. He also was a charter member of the Detroit Lakes Elks Lodge, served as an alderman on the Detroit Lakes City Council and served as president of the Detroit Lakes Civic and Commerce Association in 1950.
Surviving are three sons–Gary (Judy), Apple Valley; Keith (Kathleen), Rochert, and Bill (Jane), Brainerd; a brother–Albert (Wanda), Crookston, and a sister–Evelyn (Howard) Hanson, Crookston. There are eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Brekken in death were his wife (who died Feb. 4, 1997), his parents and five brothers.

Jeffrey Leo Simon
March 11, 1977–July 23, 1999
Jeffrey Leo Simon, 22, died Friday, July 23, in rural Otter Tail County.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 30, from St. James Catholic Church in Maine Township, with Fr. Paul Folsom officiating.
Interment will be at St. James Cemetery, with the Olson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jeffrey Leo Simon, son of Richard "Rick" and Mary Kirsch Simon, was born in Detroit Lakes on March 11, 1977.
He graduated from Underwood High School (Class of 1996) and earned an auto appearance degree from the Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, motorcycling and working with cars.
Surviving are his parents, four siblings–Al, Fergus Falls; Christy, Fargo, and Nicole and Glen, both Underwood, and his grandmother–Margaret Simon, Detroit Lakes. There are a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Prededing him in death were his maternal grandparents (Leo and Verena Kirsch) and his paternal grandfather (Wilfred Simon).

Evelyn H. Chalgren
Aug. 13, 1916–July 19, 1999
Evelyn H. Chalgren, 82, Detroit Lakes, died Monday, July 19, at St. Mary's Regional Health Center.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, from First Lutheran Church.
Rev. David Peterson will officiate at the service, Juliette Gunderson will be the organist and the soloists will be Janel Altstadt and Janet Seifert.
Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Travis Wilke, Greg Schmelz, Sue Eickschen, Mike Schmelz, Janet Seifert, Roxane Andrews, Janel Altstadt, Pam Fonseca and Staci Schmitz.
Great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Evelyn Hanson, daughter of Einer and Tilda Olson Hanson, was born at Lake Park on Aug. 13, 1916, grew up there and graduated from Lake Park High School (Class of 1934).
She and Milton Wilke were married at Lake Park on Dec. 24, 1936, and lived in Detroit Lakes until 1956 when they moved into Erie Township, where she lived for 42 years.
Mr. Wilke died in 1974 and she married Vincent Chalgren on Oct. 9, 1976.
She worked for Swift & Co. for seven years, for the Fairmont Creamery and then was the bookkeeper at the Fargo-Detroit Beverage Co. in Detroit Lakes for 20 years.
A member of First Lutheran Church, Mrs Chalgren also belonged to the Eagles Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband–Vincent Chalgren, Detroit Lakes; a son–Richard (Barbara) Wilke, Detroit Lakes, and a daughter–Marlys Schmelz, Perham. There are nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Chalgren was preceded in death by her first husband, by her parents, two sisters and a brother.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 21, 4-8 p.m., West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with prayer service at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral at First Lutheran Church on Thursday.

Peter M. Ulschmid
Oct. 11, 1936–July 21, 1999
Peter M. Ulschmid, 62, a former Frazee resident, died at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena on Wednesday, July 21.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee.
Interment will be at the church Cemetery, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Peter Myron Ulschmid, son of Frank and Ann Joachim Ulschmid, was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Evergreen Township of Becker County, where he was raised. He attended school in Frazee and then worked at various jobs in the area, most recently at Rising Phoenix in Wadena.
Surviving are two brothers–Gene (Connie), Perham, and Duane (Winnie), Fargo, and three sisters–Geraldine Schmit and Virginia (Robert) Thompson, both Detroit Lakes, and Rose (Monroe) Pitzel, Moorhead. There are many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mr. Ulschmid in death were his parents, a sister (Theresa) and three brothers (Virgil, Wilfred and Francis).
Visitation: Sunday, July 25, 4-8 p.m., Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a prayer service at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral at church on Monday.

Henry M. Gjersvig
July 28, 1913–July 20, 1999
Henry M. Gjersvig, a well-known area resident who took a leading role in many organizations, died at his Detroit Lakes home on Tuesday, July 20. He was 85.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, from Bakke Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Paul Larson and Vicki Marthaler, lay chaplain at Emmanuel Nursing Home, officiating.
Jean Erickson was the organist and the soloist was Roland Sandman.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the active pallbearers were Paul Vastag, Brian Vastag, Eric Gjersvig, Brad Gjersvig, Mike Gjersvig and Mark Gjersvig.
The honorary pallbearers included Donald Undlin, Wallace Erickson, John Downs, Peter Leland, Toye Odegaard, James Haney and Woody Johnson.
Henry M. Gjersvig, son of Haakon and Malena Nelson Gjersvig, was born in Richwood Township of Becker County on July 28, 1913, and grew up and attended the Buffalo Prairie School near Detroit Lakes.
Mr. Gjersvig and Lois Cook were married at the Bakke Lutheran Church on May 23, 1941, and farmed until 1988. They continued living on the farm until he became ill and moved into Detroit Lakes in March, 1998.
A member of Bakke Lutheran Church, he served many years as treasurer for the Bethel Lutheran Chapel at White Earth and also was active in Gideons International.
Mr. Gjersvig, who was proud of his Norwegian heritage, was a member of Vikingland Lodge No. 495, Sons of Norway, and held many offices. He was president of District I of Sons of Norway in 1987 and the local lodge received a silver award for its activities.
He served as president and on the board of the Becker County Historical Society and was instrumental in funding the move of the Becker County Historical Museum from the basement of the courthouse to its present location. He also proposed and was instrumental in placing two historical markers along Big Detroit Lake to recognize the Woods Trail and the history of the City of Detroit Lakes.
Henry and Lois Gjersvig were recognized as Becker County Farmer-Homemaker of the year by the Red River Valley Development Association in 1976 and he was chosen as Becker County Senior Male Citizen of the Year in 1987.
Mr. Gjersvig also was a longtime volunteer at Emmanuel Nursing Home and conducted a weekly program known as "Chewing the Fat."
He enjoyed traveling, visited all 50 states, as well as Norway and then to Costa Rica when a son (Tom) was a Peace Corps volunteer in that country. The Gjersvigs also organized a shipment of medical supplies to the poverty-stricken Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica.
A newspaper article about him noted that Mr. Gjersvig "assumed the mantle of volunteerism as easily as he carried a milk pail."
Surviving are his wife–Lois, Detroit Lakes; two daughters–Bonnie (Harold) Vastag, Green Bay, Wis., and Karen (Gary) Stenberg, Detroit Lakes; four sons–Wayne (Karen), Baraboo, Wis.; Harold (Vicki), Tomah, Wis.; Allen (Bev), Mesa, Ariz., and Tom (Leita), Rochester, and a sister–Hilda Hanson, Detroit Lakes. There are 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Gjersvig in death were his parents, two brothers (Carl and Alfred) and two sisters (Anna and Martha).

Louis Scheler
Nov. 21, 1914–July 18, 1999
Rites were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, from Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga for Louis Scheler.
Mr. Scheler, 84, died Sunday, July 18, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
Fr. Kevin Schwartz officiated at the funeral and Ione Ellingson was the organist.
Interment was at Woodland Cemetery at New York Mills, with the Karvonen & son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Marvin Blake, Earl Chandler, Maynard Falk, Denis Scheler, Edwin Scheler and Eldred Dexter.
Military rites were by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6206 of Menahga.
Louis Lawrence Scheler, son of Anton and Mary Irene Falk Scheler, was born Nov. 21, 1914, in Jamestown, N. D., grew up there and lived there until the age of 25.
Mr. Scheler served with the U. S. Army during World War II and was assigned to Company K, 275th Infantry.
He moved to Los Angeles, Calif., after receiving his military discharge and worked over 20 years as a carrier with the U. S. Postal Department.
In June, 1948, he and Judith Dybevik were married. She preceded him in death.
Mr. Scheler moved to Menahga in 1982 and he and Bessie Francis Blake Chandler were married at Park Rapids on June 29, 1982.
Surviving are three sisters–Isabel Davis, Ruby Kottick and Mary I. Scheler, all of Los Angeles, Calif., and three brothers–Joe (Mary O.) Scheler and Jim Scheler, both of Sacramento, Calif., and Bill (Arzetta) Scheler, Callaway.
Preceding him in death were his two wives and two sisters (Lidwina and Amelia).

Ulric G. Savoie
Ulric G. "Rick" Savoie, 73, a resident of Kerrville, Tex., and formerly of Detroit Lakes, died at Kerrville on Wednesday, July 21.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 26, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
(David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes).

Alma J. Nordin
Feb. 2, 1908–July 18, 1999
Alma J. Nordin, 91, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, July 18, at an adult foster care center in Granville, N. D.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, from First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home of Minot, N. D., in charge of arrangements.
Alma J. Anderson, daughter of Anton and Anna Anderson, was born near Simcoe, N. D., on Feb. 2, 1908, attended rural school near Velva and graduated from Velva (N. D.) High School.
She attended Minot Normal School, where she received a teaching certificate, and later continued her education at Moorhead State University.
Appointed as the first home service director of Northern States Power Co. in Minot, she was employed by the firm for five years.
On Sept. 30, 1933, she married Martin Odland at Minot, N. D. He died on June 27, 1965.
Mrs. Odland taught school for many years near Minot and then–during World War II–taught in Portland, Ore. She also taught in the Frazee School System for many years and moved to Detroit Lakes in 1964.
On June 7, 1975, she and Clarence Nordin were married in White Bear Lake. They spent the winter months for many years in Mesa, Ariz.
Mr. Nordin died in October, 1988, and she returned to North Dakota in 1995.
A member of the Retired Educators Association of Minnesota, she also belonged to First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, was active in the First Lutheran ELCW, circles and quilting groups and also was a member of the Sons of Norway and the Detroit Lakes Library Club.
Surviving are two daughters–Marcia O. Lee, Minneapolis, and Myrna S. Ellison, Velva, N. D., and a sister–Lillian Miller, Velva, N. D. There are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Mrs. Nordin also was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and five brothers.

Lawrence A. Nelson
Oct. 22, 1908–July 15, 1999
Lawrence A. Nelson, 90, died Thursday, July 15, at the Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids, where he had resided since 1994.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, from the Maplewood Lutheran Church, rural Erhard.
Rev. Erwin Toso officiated at the funeral, Alice Toso was the organist and Laura Hagen was the soloist while accompanied by Bruce Nelson.
Interment was at the Maplewood Lutheran Cemetery, with the Larson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Dan Nodsle, Marty Berg, Monte Berg, Bruce Nelson Jr., Leslie Nelson and Trevor Nelson.
Lawrence A. Nelson, son of Matthew and Emily Erickson Nelson, was born Oct. 22, 1908, at Borup.
He grew up in Arena, N. D., and then the family moved to Richwood in 1920 following the death of Matthew Nelson.
The Nelsons moved to Henning in 1938 and lived there for two years before moving to Erhard.
Mr. Nelson served with the U. S. Army during World War II and saw duty in both the Philippines and in New Guinea. He returned to Erhard after receiving his discharge and purchased a farm in Maplewood Township of Otter Tail County.
On Nov. 10, 1958, Mr. Nelson and Erma Bumpus Ladd were married and lived and farmed in Maplewood Township until retiring in 1989 and moving into Erhard. Mrs. Nelson died Jan. 15, 1992.
Surviving is a sister–Hazel Larson, Fargo, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Nelson also was preceded in death by a step-son (Raymond Ladd), three brothers (Erling, Obert and Howard) and two sisters (Myrtle and Harriet).

Louis Scheler
Louis Scheler, 84, Menahga, died Sunday, July 18, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, from Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.
The Karvonen & Son Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 21, 5-7 p.m. at Karvonen & Son Funeral Home,with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Thal J. Geyer
Jan. 24, 1958–July 16, 1999
Services were at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, from the West-Kjos Chapel in Detroit Lakes for Thal J. Geyer.
Mr. Geyer, 41, died at his Detroit Lakes home on Friday, July 16.
The Rev. Tim Cook officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Aaron Geyer, Nathan Olander, Bob Louisignau, Justin Sharp, Tony Bosch and Jeff Wilson.
Thal J. Geyer, son of Louis and Donna Saewert Geyer, was born at Grand Forks, N. D., on Jan. 24, 1958, and moved with his family to Fargo at a young age.
He attended school in Fargo and then the family moved to Detroit Lakes in 1972, where he completed his education.
He served in the U. S. Navy and then was married to Heidi Sharp at Sisseton, S. D. They moved to Detroit Lakes following their marriage.
Mr. Geyer was an avid collector of records, coins and antiques and also enjoyed golf and fishing.
Surviving are his wife–Heidi; three sons–Jarrod, Jeremiah and Blake; a daughter–Kasandra; a brother–Drew (Joan) Geyer, West Fargo, N. D., and a sister–Kari Olander, Detroit Lakes. There are several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mr. Geyer in death were his parents and a brother (John).

Theodore O. LaSelle
There will be graveside services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 23, at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Frazee for Theodore O. "Ted" LaSelle and for Lorraine LaSelle.
Mr. LaSelle, 84, formerly of Frazee and Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 12, in Spokane, Wash.
Mrs. LaSelle, 76, formerly of Frazee and Detroit Lakes and the former Lorraine Baer, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, in Spokane, Wash.
The David-Donehower Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Mildred L. Gray
Sept. 19, 1907–July 19, 1999
Mildred L. Gray, 91, the widow of Lyle Gray, died Monday, July 19, at Emmanuel Nursing Home.
There was a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, from the Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel.
Vicki Marthaler, chaplain at Emmanuel, officiated at the service, with music provided by Kim Schnitzer and Vicki Marthaler.
Mildred L. Lidstrom, daughter of Knute and Elna Modey Lidstrom, was born at Richwood on Sept. 19, 1907, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1925) and then moved to Bismarck, N. D., where she was employed by the North Dakota Hail Insurance Department and later was assistant secretary to the North Dakota Industrial Commissioner and to the North Dakota Securities Commission.
On June 11, 1927, she and Lyle Gray were married in Bismarck and lived there until moving to St. Paul in 1942. They moved to Moorhead in 1948 and to Detroit Lakes in 1970. Mr. Gray died in 1974.
Surviving are a son–Richard (Gerry) Gray, Fargo; a daughter–Diane (Alvin) Swanson, Moorhead, and a brother–Duane (Pearl) Lidstrom, Detroit Lakes. There are nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

Walter H. Wilke
March 31, 1910–July 16, 1999
Walter H. Wilke, 89, a resident of Detroit Lakes for most of his life, died at his home on Friday, July 16.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, from Zion Lutheran Church.
Rev. Dan C. Abrahams officiated at the funeral, Helen Voll was the soloist and the organist was Sharlotte Johnston.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Donald Brahmer, Frank Johnston, Dick Lund, Donald Sayer, Alfred Schnitzer and Isaac Thomas.
Walter Julius Wilke, son of Herman and Anna Nass Wilke, was born at Dodge Center on March 31, 1910, and moved to Detroit Lakes with his family as a child. He attended schools here.
On Aug. 24, 1940, Mr. Wilke and Gladys Jasch were married in Detroit Lakes.
Mr. Wilke was employed for a time at the Quenvold Creamery and at a service station and then delivered bulk fuel oil and gasoline in the Detroit Lakes area from 1944-75.
Surviving are his wife–Gladys; a son–Collin (Wendy) Wilke, East Grand Forks, and a daughter–Joanne (Dennis) McCarl, Moorhead. There are three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters and three brothers.


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